The Spectacular Dawn Chorus with RedSara

May 8, 2020 | Events, News, Stewardship

Photo by Chao Cheng

May 21st, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm (Online)

This event is offered as part of the Still Creek Streamkeepers Talk Series. Click here to see the list of talks scheduled for the year.

May is bird month in Vancouver, so our monthly Still Creek Streamkeepers talk will focus on birds! Spring is the best time to hear the dawn chorus, an early morning symphony/cacophony of bird songs. Join us online on Thursday, May 21st to learn about who is singing so early in the morning, and what they are singing about (Intro to Bird Language) with RedSara.

Then, on Saturday, May 23rd, we invite you to get up just before dawn (5 AM) to hear the dawn chorus in your neighbourhood, record a minute of it, and share it with us so we can compile sounds of the dawn chorus from across the city. At 5 PM that evening we will have an optional follow-up zoom call, so everyone can share their experiences of the dawn chorus. 

Share your Dawn Chorus recording with us!
We encourage you to wake up early on the morning of Saturday, May 23rd and record 30 seconds to 1 minute of the dawn chorus from your location. Feel free to record from your porch, your backyard, or a close by park.

If you feel like getting up at sunrise, that will be at 5:18 AM on Saturday – but you can make your recording between 5-7 AM and still get some good Dawn Chorus sounds.

Please send your recordings to and include your name, where you recorded from (neighbourhood or nearby intersection), the time, and any short details (or even pictures) you’d like to share. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out at that email address as well.

If you are interested in joining a follow-up call at 5PM PST on the same day to share your experience, please send an email to to request a link to the meeting.

We hope many of you take part in this fun and calming activity!

This event is supported by TD Park People Grants and Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Speaker bio: 

Sara Ross (RedSara) is a Burnaby-based mother, cyclist, explorer, maker, care-taker of land, harvester & gleaner of wild plants, land defender. She loves birds, and loves the thrill of catching sight of a hunting cooper’s hawk on the wing. She is a former Lead Instructor at Soaring Eagle Nature School, and has worked, studied, and practiced with nature-connection & birds regionally for 20+ years. Sara has led Still Moon Arts’ Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride since its raucous inception. You can visit her website at

If you have any questions about the event, please email our Environmental Stewardship Coordinator, Emma Warner-Chee at

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